Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS) is a Faculty-based Organized
Research Unit with an associated graduate programme, the Graduate
Programme in Earth and Space Science, and was established by Senate
in 1965. Originally named the Centre for Research in Experimental Space Science,
the title of the centre was changed in 1989 to its present form while retaining
its widely-recognized acronym. This change responded to the evolution of CRESS
studies from its initial focus on ``atmospheres'' to a broader one that extends
both above and below the earth's surface. The CRESS membership is drawn primarily
from the departments of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Computer
Science and Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy. It is located in the Petrie
Science and Engineering Building; the related departments are also there, and
in the adjoining Chemistry and Computer Science and Engineering Building.
areas of research cover a broad range of topics in earth and space science, from
Earth science, geomatics and geodynamics to studies of the troposphere, stratosphere,
mesosphere and thermosphere to the earth's plasma environment, the magnetosphere.
It also includes space engineering, planetary atmospheres, stellar processes including
the sun, and the interplanetary medium.
CRESS has a growing complex of laboratories, described under a separate laboratories
link. It is also involved in a number of space missions.